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Smithsonian Exhibit on the National Museum of African American History and Culture Smithsonian Exhibit on the National Museum of African American History and Culture
May 16, 2012 – May 20, 2012

Witness the beginning of construction of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will be completed in 2015. See porcelain and glass shards from the 18th and 19th centuries found on the site, a model of the building, and artistic renderings of the interior spaces.

Smithsonian Castle
Perspectives: Ai Weiwei Perspectives: Ai Weiwei
May 12, 2012 – April 14, 2013

View the monumental installation Fragments by the prolific and provocative Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

Sackler Gallery
The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World
May 11, 2012 – July 8, 2012

Examine the far-reaching impact of Steve Jobs’ entrepreneurship and innovation in the global marketplace and in our daily lives.

Ripley Center
Lalla Essaydi: Revisions Lalla Essaydi: Revisions
May 9, 2012 – February 24, 2013

View diverse media works from Moroccan-born artist Lalla Essaydi's photographic series, as well as rarely seen paintings and installations.

African Art Museum
Pause and Play: A Pop-Up Gallery Pause and Play: A Pop-Up Gallery
May 1, 2012 – October 25, 2012

See popular culture items from the 1950s and early 1960s.

American History Museum
African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond
April 27, 2012 – September 3, 2012

Explore the African American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era and beyond as depicted in 100 artworks by 43 black artists.

American Art Museum
A Will of Their Own: Judith Sargent Murray and Women of Achievement in the Early Republic A Will of Their Own: Judith Sargent Murray and Women of Achievement in the Early Republic
April 20, 2012 – September 2, 2013

Learn about the achievements of women in the late 18th century and see portraits of eight prominent American women of the period.

Portrait Gallery
Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
April 19, 2012 – March 17, 2013

See Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's monumental outdoor installation showcasing the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac.

Hirshhorn Museum
Art of Darkness: Japanese Mezzotints from the Hitch Collection Art of Darkness: Japanese Mezzotints from the Hitch Collection
April 7, 2012 – July 8, 2012

Some 20 prints and copperplates by Hamaguchi Yozo (1909–2000) and Hamanishi Katsunori (born 1949) demonstrate the innovative use of the mezzotint technique by Japanese artists.

Sackler Gallery
The Confederate Sketches of Adalbert Volck The Confederate Sketches of Adalbert Volck
March 30, 2012 – January 21, 2013

View some of German immigrant Adalbert J. Volck's pictorial propaganda in support of the Confederacy.

Portrait Gallery
2011 Nature's Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards 2011 Nature's Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards
March 30, 2012 – April 7, 2013

On view are winners in various categories from the 2011 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards.

Natural History Museum
Titanoboa: Monster Snake Titanoboa: Monster Snake
March 30, 2012 – January 6, 2013

See a model of Titanoboa cerrejonensis, an extinct snake measuring 48 feet long and weighing 2,500 pounds, which was discovered at a Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute-organized dig at the Cerrejon Mine in Colombia.

Natural History Museum
Hokusai: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji Hokusai: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
March 24, 2012 – June 17, 2012

Take this rare opportunity to view the acclaimed print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).

Sackler Gallery
Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic
March 22, 2012 – January 6, 2014

Learn about postal service aboard the Hindenburg and the Titanic, the largest flying and sailing post offices in history.

Postal Museum
Doug Aitken: Song 1 Doug Aitken: Song 1
March 22, 2012 – May 20, 2012

View this truly original cutting-edge time-based media installation created by internationally renowned artist Doug Aitken. It is the first of its kind ever in Washington, D.C., and takes public art in the city to a new level of visibility.

Hirshhorn Museum
Vochol: Huichol Art on Wheels Vochol: Huichol Art on Wheels
March 20, 2012 – May 10, 2012

Marvel at a one-of-a-kind VW Beetle decorated by Huichol artisans using 2 million glass beads and handmade textiles.

American Indian Museum
The Art of Video Games The Art of Video Games
March 16, 2012 – September 30, 2012

In this exhibition, the museum is the first to comprehensively examine the evolution of video games as an artistic medium.

American Art Museum
MathAlive MathAlive
March 10, 2012 – June 3, 2012

Learn math concepts in a fun, interactive, hands-on setting.

Ripley Center
Masters of Mercy: Buddha's Amazing Disciples Masters of Mercy: Buddha's Amazing Disciples
March 10, 2012 – July 8, 2012

Selections from Kano Kazunobu's 100-painting series depicting Buddhist disciples at work are featured.

Sackler Gallery
In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Warnecke Studio In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Warnecke Studio
March 2, 2012 – September 9, 2012

Some of the first celebrity photographs to appear in color were created by Harry Warnecke in the 1930s for the New York Daily News. See 24 of Warnecke's celebrity portraits from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.

Portrait Gallery